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hardly to be distinguished from each other. The ears are very
minute. The tail is short. The muzzle is rather pointed, and
the soles and palms are naked.

FIG. 222.—BateL    MeUivora capensis.     x £.
The structure of Helictis has been described by the late
Professor Garrod,1 as well as by Sir W. Flower in his general
account of the Carnivorous skeleton. The animal, which is a
native of East Asia, is sometimes gaily coloured.. If. subaurantiaca,
the species dissected and figured by G-aiTod, is a varied black and
orange. The genus is arboreal, and the tail may be moderately
long and bushy. The ears are small; the nose is grooved; the
palms are naked, but the soles of the feet are hairy. There are
fourteen dorsal vertebrae. The molar formula is PHI j- M -J-.
The Zorilla, Ictonyx, is the last of the Old-World genera of
Melinae. It is African, ranging from the tropical parts of the
continent to the Cape. " In colour and markings/* remarks Dr.
Mivarfc, " as well as in the odour of the secretion of its anal
glands, the one or two species which form this genus resemble
the skunks; so much so that did they inhabit the same region,
and were they devoid of an offensive secretion, they would
certainly be said to mimic the skunks." The molar formula of
the genus is Pm -f M -J. There are fifteen dorsal vertebrae. The
nose is grooved and the soles partly hairy.
The American Badger, Taxidea, is a burrower of omnivorous
tastes, and correlated with, the former habit are the immense
1 Proe. goal. JSfoc. 1879, p. 305.